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Tissue Box Tow Mater Craft

Tissue box Tow Mater character craft - use recyclables to make this cute tow truck

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My daughter love cars. She loves cars, trucks, trains & planes. It is probably no surprise then, that she also loves movies like Planes and Cars. One of the most memorable characters from Cars is Tow Mater. In my daughter’s eyes all pick-up trucks are him.

We go through a lot of tissues in our house. My husband keeps a box in every room. We ran out of a couple of boxes of tissues last week & my daughter told her father that he needed to save them for me. “Mama, will probably want them for a craft.” I love that kid. She knows me so well. She was right. They were perfect for our Tow Mater craft.

What you will need:

A rectangular tissue box

A cube tissue box

Acrylic paint (brown & orange)

Egg carton

Construction paper

Pipe cleaner

Magic markers

Hot glue gun (Please use caution when operating the glue gun. Adult operation is recommended.

Directions:

Cut the cube tissue box, leaving about 1/3 of the box.

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Cut half of the top of the rectangular box off. Glue the cube to the top of the rectangular box as shown.

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Swirl the brown & orange paint. Do not blend completely. Paint both boxes. With the paint. The best part is that the paint does not need to be perfect because Tow Mater is rusty.

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Cut a crooked mouth & teeth out of construction paper. Cut the front window out of construction paper & draw in the eyes.

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Glue the window & mouth in place and cut out two headlights.

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Paint 4 egg carton pieces black and let them dry.

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Glue the egg carton pieces on for wheels.

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Cut a brown piece of pipe cleaner in half & fold as shown.

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Glue the pipe cleaners to the side of the top tier. Cut two rectangles out of egg carton & glue the rectangles in the pipe cleaners to for the rear view windows.

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Cut two pieces out of the egg carton cover for the tow.

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Glue them to the open pick-up portion of the truck as shown.

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Glue a pipe cleaner off the end of the tow to finish it off.

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My daughter was so happy with the finished truck. Tow Mater has had a busy couple of days towing all of my daughter’s toys.

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Tissue Box Wheelbarrow Craft

Working Wheelbarrow made out of a tissue box. Cute fall crafts for kids.

We have been doing a lot of work on our house the last few weeks to prepare it to go on the market. We finally finished our cellar, repainted our living room ceiling & did some much-needed gardening. Mai has been helping mama a lot & it turns out that she really likes gardening.

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With all of the weeding & pruning that we had to do, the wheelbarrow was my new best friend. Mai, of course, wanted to push it around, but it was a bit to big, heavy & clumsy for my little girl to maneuver. It did give me an idea for a wheelbarrow craft with a functioning wheel though.

Tissue Box Wheelbarrow

Things you will need:

Tissue Box

Paint

Craft stick

Large button

Toothpick

Sticks or dowels

Buttons

Directions:

Cut the top of the tissue box off & cut off most of one side leaving a slight lip.

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Paint the box & 6 craft sticks.

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Glue two parallel sticks underneath the box on the cut end as shown. The open side should be at the top. Glue two more sticks onto the other end so that they slant towards one another as shown.

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Stick a toothpick through  a hole in the large button. Place the button in between the two slanted craft sticks & glue the toothpick in place to secure.

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Glue two more crafts sticks underneath the parallel sticks. Glue 3 dowels or wooden sticks together to form a brace for your wheel barrow & glue it between the two craft sticks.. (I glued a button on either end of the brace for more glue surface & stability.)

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I painted a tree trunk & added button leaves to dress up our wheelbarrow a bit. You may decorate yours however you choose.

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Mai had a lot of fun wheeling it around. We filled it with leaves from outside & she had a little indoor gardening fun with it.

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Tissue Box Wheelbarrow Craft - working wheelbarrow. cute fall craft

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Watering Can Summer Craft

Watering Can Summer Craft - Made with recycled products

 

It is May. The warm weather is bringing thoughts of summer & summer crafting. I love the colors of summer. I love the fruit, sunshine, flowers & all things outdoors. I have been on a watering can kick lately, which was the inspiration for our bright & sunny craft.

Watering Can Craft

What you will need:

Paper towel paper roll

Tissue paper box

Cardboard

Glue

Buttons

Green pipe cleaner

Acrylic paint

 

Directions:

Cut a hole big enough to fit a paper towel roll into one of the sides of the tissue box.

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Paint the paper towel paper roll & tissue box & let dry.

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Draw the outline of your handle onto a piece of cardboard. Paint it & let it dry.

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Push the paper towel roll into the tissue box on a slant. Trim the roll to the desired length for your spout.

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Use a hot glue gun to glue the handle in place (Let the adults operate the glue gun)IMG_2346

Decorate your watering can. You may do this however you like, but this is how we did ours.

Glue green pipe cleaners in place to form the stems & leaves. Glue buttons above the stems to form flower petals.

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Cut out a piece of construction paper & dot with black marker.

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Glue to the end of the spout.

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Watering Can Summer Craft - Made with recycled products

Recycled Farm Craft

 

I started painting and crafting with our daughter before she was one. For the past 2 years I have come up with fun projects for us to do together & Mai was always eager to jump in. These days my daughter calls the shots. We had an empty tissue paper box & I wanted us to turn into something fun.

Recycled Farm - Tissue box barn, clothes pin farm animals & toilet paper tube silo.

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Tissue Box Christmas Chimney Craft

Tissue Box Santa stuck In the chimney Christmas Crafts for kids

Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick…

When I was a child my grandmother used to have a wonderful Christmas record of children singing. This was my favorite carol on the album. I have gotten into the holiday spirit a little bit early & have started singing Christmas carols around our house & even at work. Not everyone appreciates my caroling, but Mai loves mommy’s songs. I think this one is going to be a favorite of hers too.

My husband is obsessed with tissues. We literally have a box of tissues in every single room in our house. Some rooms have multiple boxes. I have been wanting to do something with our empty boxes for some time. Luckily, all my caroling had me inspired.

Tissue Box Chimney Craft

What you will need:

An empty tissue box

Red & black paint

Cotton balls

Glue

2 Empty toilet paper rolls or 1 paper towel roll cut in two

Black construction paper or a black foam sheet

Directions:

Paint your tissue box with the red paint & let it dry. Mai wanted more than one color. She had a multi-colored chimney, but it still came out great.

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Using black paint, line all 4 sides of the tissue box to make the look of brick. Depending on your children’s ability you may need to help with this part.

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Paint 2 toilet paper rolls or 1 paper towel roll cut into 2 pieces in red. Paint 1/4 of one end of each piece in black. Let the paint dry.

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Using glue, apply stretched out cotton balls to form snow. Leave the opening of the box uncovered.

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Cut ovals out of construction paper or foam for the bottom of the boots

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Glue the oval shape to the black side of the roll.

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Add more cotton around the top edge of the black to form fur on the boot.

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Let the glue dry & then tuck both Santa legs into the tissue box opening with the legs sticking up.

Here is Mai’s creation…

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And mommy’s too…

Tissue Box Santa stuck In the chimney Christmas Crafts for kids